Same-Sex Parents: The opportunities and challenges
Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Same-sex parents have many opportunities as parents:
They will have planned carefully to have children and so will be ready and able to provide for the needs of the child/children.
It enriches the parents' lives as they turn from a couple into a family and this can give a sense of completeness.
They may look after themselves more as a way to improve their own health and lifespan to look after their child/children.
However, being same-sex parents can have challenges such as:
Experiencing social stigma as people do not understand same-sex relationships and parenting.
The child/children may experience bullying in school and this can cause stress on the parents as they may worry about this.
Parents may experience a reduced social life as they are busy looking after a new baby or bring up their children and this can sometimes put pressure on a family unit.